August 18, 2011
Some stories are better left told by the people who experience them. So here's former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic talking to reporters earlier this week about how the car she was riding in on the way to a match in Cincinnati ran out of gas:
On our way to the site, we were driving, me and my coach and my mom and my [hitting partner], and all of a sudden she was supposed to turn on the highway and then the car completely stopped.
Then my mom was like, "Oh, this car is not working." We were like, "What do you mean it's not working?"
It just stopped. It's not working. Something is wrong with it. We looked, and it was zero gas inside the car. I was like, "Oh, my God. Great. I have 20 minutes before my practice session."
And then, you know, luckily the gas station was like, you know, two minutes' walk. So me and my coach ran out to the gas station and bought that thing, that gallon that you put ‑‑ that you fill up. We kind of didn't know how you open this nozzle thing and stuff like that because it never happened. Then we ran out, you know, and then he put it in and it was okay. Then we got going.
But there were some players passing through and looking at us in the middle of the road, like, "What is she doing up there?" [...]
When I came to the site, there was all these people that wanted autographs, and I'm like, "Sorry guys; I'm late for practice. I got to go." I went straight to the court. They were all laughing. A lot of people found out because they saw me in the middle of the road.
I'm like, "How do you know I got left out without gas? I saw you. I was like, Why you didn't stop to drive me back?"
She yada yada'd over the best part! I want to know which players saw her stranded at a gas station and drove by anyway. I bet they all acted like they didn't see her.
Jankovic went on to win her match. The next day she took a picture of the gas tank gauge and posted it on Facebook. It was only half-full, a fact which may be unimportant today, but could come back to cause some problems should the Serbian keep winning in Cincinnati.